Diamondback Terrapins on Kiawah Island, SC


Along with members of the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, members of the Herpetology Lab spent the last week of May 2012 helping with an ongoing study of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) on Kiawah Island, SC. Diamondback terrapins are listed as a species of special concern by the state of North Carolina and categorized as a threatened species by the World Conservation Union. In this study, diamondback terrapins are captured, marked, measured, and released. Data from this study provides vanulable information on the decline of terrapins around Kiawah Island. Threats faced by this species include crab pot mortality, road mortality, motorized watercraft, and habitat alteration. Click here to learn more about Diamondback Terrapin research on Kiawah Island.

Some Photos (mouse over for larger images):


Terrapins fresh from seining

 


Checking the seine for turtles

Terrapins fresh from seining

 

Checking the seine for turtles


Showing off some terrapins

 

Pulling up the trammel net

Showing off some terrapins

 

Pulling up the trammel net


Female terrapins await processing

 

Chance poses with a terrapin

Female terrapins await processing

 

Chance poses with a terrapin


Elizabeth shows off a bonnethead

 

Jeff with a terrapin he first caught in the 80s

Elizabeth shows off a bonnethead

 

Jeff with a terrapin he first caught in the 80s


A male terrapin makes a break for the water

 

An oystercatcher hangs out on an oyster bed

A male terrapin makes a break for the water

 

An oystercatcher hangs out on an oyster bed

Click here to read about the turtles found in North Carolina


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